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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: How Do You Direct Two Musicals at Once?

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online Working on two shows simultaneously has driven Andy Sandberg to drink — large quantities of Pepsi Max. “The actors frequently tease me because I am constantly carrying two-liter bottles in my hand,” says … Continue reading


Review: This Ain’t No Disco

The lanky man in the blonde wig has the right idea. The lights in the club are suitably dim, but he keeps his sunglasses on for almost his entire time onstage. Audience members at This Ain’t No Disco, the sprawling … Continue reading


Review: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

There’s a reason why some shows have never succeeded. As much as fans might love them in spite of – or because of – their flaws, their creators simply cannot make them work. And, despite devoted efforts, the much beloved, … Continue reading


Published: 7 Things a Neurosurgeon Wants You to Know About Parkinson’s Treatment

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Review: Desperate Measures

How does one take a noted problem play by Shakespeare filled with abuses of political power and flagrant inequality between the sexes and somehow transform it into a two-hour musical comedy that, despite the aforementioned problems, is utterly zany, ridiculously … Continue reading


Published: How One Man Turned His Love For Theater Into A Grammy-Winning Company

Originally published on Forbes.com View this story online “It’s almost like I had a crystal ball,” Van Dean reflected. “If you look at a lot of the things I’ve done over the past 20 years, a lot of the courses … Continue reading


Published: News: Cancer Deaths in America Are Declining

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Published: Navigating Through the Darkness in The Seafarer

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson’s Tony-nominated play The Seafarer, Conor McPherson’s tale of despair and redemption on a drunken Christmas Eve, is a decidedly male affair. In fact, according to Ciarán … Continue reading